Documentary Films

MacArthur's journalism and media grantmaking supports the production of social-issue documentary films on important contemporary topics, intended for a broad audience. Over the last 30 years, the Foundation has supported over 200 films that combine exceptional storytelling with in-depth journalism. These films are often used in educational, community, and policymaking settings to spark conversations and activities that contribute to social and policy change.

Now showing "documentary films from 2016"

  • A virtual reality journey to the land of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan in the remote Western Australian Pilbara desert More
  • Four friends seek a college education, after the state of Georgia bans undocumented students from its top universities More
  • Looking at the experiences of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters, and the American verterans they worked with, as they seek to rebuild their lives More
  • Taking an intimate look at how we feel about what most of us do all day: work More
  • Following the experiences of an African American family who, despite being victimized by gun violence, continue to embrace their community More
  • Following two tribal court judges who strive to reduce incarceration rates and heal their people through restorative justice practices More
  • A multi-platform series inviting local citizens to help craft new and surprising stories from their community More
  • Revealing the history of St. Louis, Missouri’s atomic weapons past and the health consequences of illegal dumping of uranium and thorium in suburban neighborhoods  More
  • Following residents, activists and leaders of Ferguson, Missouri in the ongoing struggle for racial justice More
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MacArthur Awards 19 Documentary Film Grants

The new grants represent MacArthur’s largest single year investment in documentaries, and they bring the total number of documentary films supported by the Foundation since 1985 to more than 300. Read More